Veritas: Truth, Truthfulness
Veritas is Latin for truth. Here at Veritas Australian Shepherds it is the standard we live by. The real nature of the Australian Shepherd is versatility. From the conformation ring to the working herding dog to the fire side companion Aussies can truly do it all.
Located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our Aussies have the run of our 10 acre farm. Happy well adjusted dogs are primary. Being show or performance dogs comes second.
Veritas Aussies is owned by Sharon McCully Rives, a life long trainer. Sharon is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and is small animal CPR certified. She spends her days working as a professional trainer within her local community. She is a 2nd generation canine competitor. The passion for the sport of purebred dogs is something shes had since she could walk. While her parents bred and showed Bullmastiffs, she put points on her dog, a Chihuahua named Ruby at the age of four. Veritas began twenty years ago when Sharon purchased her first Australian Shepherd, Hall of Fame EagleRun That Ol Black Magic.
Our focus is producing the best purebred dogs from top winning bloodlines and to continue the sport and heritage of pure and preservation bred dogs. We support purebred dog sports of all types and responsible breeding. We also believe in giving back, and Sharon donates her time as a professional dog trainer to local shelter groups and advocates for Australian Shepherd breed rescue.
Skye started showing Aussies at the age of 13, and acquired one of her first Aussies, a male named Flame from Veritas. Skye has been a major asset to the Veritas Family. Helping to show, groom and handle. She has finished many champions for Veritas. Skye is the chief puppy starter! Working her magic to train and shape them into exceptional competitors, from never been on a leash to winning puppy awards, she can do it.
Skye has since co-bred and bred her first litters under the name Validus with Sharon's mentorship and partnership. She can be seen in the ring with a number of breeds, but Australian Shepherds are her passion.
Abba is a third generation fancier, her great aunt and uncle bred and showed american cocker spaniels and great danes, her mother breeds Russell Terriers and her sister breeds American Staffordshire terriers. She showed as a professional handler for 4 years before retiring to focus on school and her career as a pro gamer.
She worked for top handlers and worked for fun as a part time assistant to a top golden handler for 3 years while finishing school, refining her grooming skills. Now she solely focuses her weekends to grooming and showing our Aussies. She is also our webmaster!